come, first served basis. In fairness, we cannot have folks offer their place to other judges, for instance. The
limitations in attendance are not solely based on the number of sleeping rooms contracted for, but also on
meeting room space. Occasionally, a judge, upon learning that he or she has been placed on a waiting list,
offers to find a room at a separate hotel, just planning to attend classes. But, that presents problems, too,
as not only do the classrooms get full, but the breakfasts and lunches we have contracted for are limited to
the number of registrants.
We hope our judges realize that we are running full-occupancy operations and register as soon after
registration opens as possible. Additionally, judges canceling at the last minute for other than health or
similar serious reasons, creates hardship for TCJ staff, who then try diligently to contact judges on the
waiting lists – some who have given up and made other plans.
As far as budgeting for conferences goes, we have ever-increasing attendance at the same time that hotel
and meal costs are increasing. We have to do the best attendance projecting we can, a year or so in advance
of an event. We will continue to work to get as many judges registered and admitted, working with both our
attendance and budget projections in mind.
The other staff-members and I greatly appreciate the courtesy and understanding of our judges as work to
get them all into our popular programs.